Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, CMHC, and Alumni Coordinator, Becky Wheelock, discuss the Wasatch Warriors alumni program. Watch their full presentation below.
In early recovery, it can be difficult for newly sober individuals to decide where they fit in. Wasatch Crest’s Alumni Coordinator holds an exit interview with each graduate to get a feel for what their recovery looks like. She helps them find meetings, makes sure they have a support network, and explains the Wasatch Warriors alumni program.
Through weekly check-in calls with the Alumni Coordinator and weekly speaker meetings, Wasatch Crest alumni can stay connected to recovery. Wasatch Crest also engages alumni through weekly email communications that feature clinical advice blogs and recovery stories to inspire their journeys. Wasatch Warriors participate in events and outings like virtual trivia nights, sober softball, and alumni hikes.
Alumni mental health is monitored through a remote patient monitoring service called Videra. During treatment, clients complete assessments using the Videra app. After graduating from treatment, alumni continue to complete Videra assessments at regular intervals. The data allows the clinical team to track outcome data and stay in tune with alumni mental health.
The Wasatch Warriors program is meant to supplement other recovery communities that alumni are involved with. It’s intended to provide yet another layer of support that they can rely on if they are struggling. We hope that by staying connected with alumni when they’re doing well, it makes it easier for them to reach out if they’re in distress.
About the Author
Becky Wheelock is Wasatch Crest’s Alumni Coordinator and leads the Wasatch Warriors alumni program. She works closely with Wasatch Crest alumni, staying in touch with them, hosting alumni events, and planning alumni meetings. Becky has worked in the recovery field for over three years. She is proud to be part of a team that is invested in changing people’s lives. She feels fortunate to be able to celebrate our Wasatch Warriors and watch them enjoy their lives again.
Becky and her husband are both in long term recovery and have five children together. They live in Heber Valley, Utah, and have an animal farm in their backyard. In true Wasatch Crest spirit, Becky enjoys sharing her own story of recovery to help inspire others to overcome addiction and enjoy the bliss of long-term recovery.
About the Author
Rich McDonald, CMHC is Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director. As the leader of Wasatch Crest’s clinical program, Rich has created a clinical culture that empowers clients to rewrite their stories and develop meaningful lives. Rich brings over 25 years of leadership experience and ten years working in the recovery community.
Leading with respect, accountability, and acceptance, Rich embodies Wasatch Crest’s human-centric treatment approach. He’s passionate about incorporating nature into recovery and is dedicated to helping clients build lives worth staying sober for.
Rich is an avid trail runner and has successfully competed in many marathons, ultra marathons, and 100-mile trail races.